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Beginner Audiophile in need of help!! Thoughts on Planar Magnetics...

post #1 of 6
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Hello All,

 

Thank you for being such a wonderful community! I've been a long time lurker of these forums when I began my journey into the Audiophile world. As of right I've only slightly delved into the realm of Audiophile grade products. Like most others, I've started from the ground up. I currently own the highly regarded Audio Technica ATH-M50s as well as the Shure SRH 440s. In terms of DAC/Amps I currently own the Fiio E07K as it fit my needs at the time of purchase. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday rapidly approaching I've been debating making the leap into Planar Magnetics with a killer deal on the Hifiman He-400s. Can anyone please shed some light as to whether someone who is so accustomed to traditional dynamic over-ears will be blown away by an entry level planar magnetic such as the He-400? I enjoy the neutral sound signature of the SRH440 as well as the slightly warmer M50s. Due to my varying taste in music genres, I'm hoping to find something that is pretty well rounded. What might I expect from upgrading from these headphones to planar magnetic? Also, can anyone recommend a nice desktop USB DAC/Amp that is well suited for the He-400s (Preferably under $300 USD)? Any help is very much appreciated!! Thanks again in advance!!

 

Cheers,

 

Geoff

post #2 of 6

Welcome!

 

Depending on what sort of music you listen to, you will be blown away. I tried them with jazz and, let me tell you, if I listened to jazz today as much as I did ten years ago, I would've bought a pair without thinking about it. They sounded so musical. I'm sorry I cannot think of another word. I was nearly lost in the music. They are also more comfortable than the other Hifiman (they all weigh a lot).

 

Tell us what genre you listen to. I'm sure someone else knows more about them than I and can help you.

 

Have you looked at this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/604583/hifiman-he-400-impressions-and-discussion-thread?

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply!

 

My taste in music is very eclectic.I love Jazz, Classical, Rock, Hip-Hop, EDM and anything powered by a strong vocalist. The Hifiman He-400 Impressions and Discussion thread is amazing but it's definitely a lot of information to sift through. I was hoping to stir up some directed responses to my specific inquiries by those of you who are in the know. Thanks Claritas for your reply as I'm very fond of Chicagoans and their opinions. :)

post #4 of 6

I am pleased with HE 400. You may also need a dac/amp such as Audio GD 15.32 along with HE 400.

Look for the jerg pad mod (DIY), http://www.head-fi.org/t/646812/hifiman-he500-he400-jergpad-mod-v2-5-modulor-orders-updated-november

post #5 of 6
The HE-400 will be a substantial upgrade from something like the M50. I had the DT-990 and the Q701,which ate both already better than the M50, and the HE-400 blew both of them away IMO.
post #6 of 6

The HE-400 is pretty good with edm and jazz (to some degree classical), though its week point might be vocals, as the mids have a tendency to be scooped out, and they can be sibilant (though that is easily fixable through eq and/or pad mods). 

 

It will without a doubt be a big step up from your m50. The question is how much you'll appreciate it.

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